Bergmann, Peter G. Formerly, Department of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
- Minkowski geometry
- The indefinite metric
- Improper Lorentz transformations
- Curved spacetime
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A term used to denote the geometry of the physical universe as suggested by the theory of relativity. It is also called spacetime continuum. Whereas in Newtonian physics space and time had been considered quite separate entities, Albert Einstein and Hermann Minkowski showed that they are actually intimately intertwined. Isaac Newton's ideas on space and time are summarized in the following list:
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